BANGOR — Lawmakers and health care advocates are pushing to expand and improve health care and lower costs for the American people.
They’re doing this through a nationwide bus tour.
“I think one of the things that pandemic has taught us is that affordable, accessible health care is more important now,” said Lee Umphrey, the board chair for Consumers for Affordable Health Care.
The tour is part of Protect Our Care and it kicked off in Bangor Monday morning.
The group wants to increase coverage, lower health care costs and bring down the cost of prescription drugs in the country.
“That includes dental, vision, hearing services,” said Attorney General Aaron Frey.
“Those types of services that help ensure not only a person’s physical and mental health wellbeing taken care of but that they can better engage in their communities,” he said.
The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.
According to Frey, about 100,000 people have access to health insurance in Maine through the ACA.
One of those people is Laura Packard. She is a stage four cancer survivor and is sharing her story on the nationwide tour.
“I’m still here today thanks to the affordable care act,” Packard said.
Packard said the end goal is for President Biden to pass an infrastructure bill to make health care more affordable.
“The issue that has to happen is that Washington D.C. has to step up and do the right thing for the American people,” said Senate President Troy Jackson, a Democrat from Aroostook.
Protect Our Care’s bus is traveling more than 8,000 miles across the United States. It will promote the work of the president and Democratic lawmakers.
We reached out to the Senate Republican Office but they did not have a statement on this.